Pekes Weddings Information

Pekes is the perfect romantic setting for you to celebrate your Wedding!

  • You enjoy two or three days at Pekes with up to 60 of your closest and dearest family and friends staying in our six houses.
  • You can have the whole private Pekes estate to yourselves in 30 acres of Gardens, Parkland and fields.
  • You all get to enjoy Pekes heated indoor Swimming Pool, Tennis court, children’s play area, Jacuzzis, Saunas – and even making friends with Pekes chickens.
  • Nothing is imposed on you. You chose your own Marquees, Caterers and all other suppliers, and do it all the way you want.
  • You want music? Have it. You want Fireworks? Have them. You want Firebowls? We have them. You want to arrive by Coach or Double-decker? No problem.
  • Corkage? None.
  • Hidden extras? None.

The Venue

Pekes Manor & its Estate is a wonderful place for your truly memorable Celebration. You rent it just as you see it when you visit; this allows you to plan and provide whatever YOU wish, set against the backdrop of the old brick houses, the lawns, the large gardens and the rolling countryside beyond. We impose no suppliers, charge no corkage and there are no hidden extras. We have 6 houses, acres of lawns and gardens and a large Park. 60 staying Guests (and another 100 day Guests if you wish) are good maximum numbers to aim for.
Pekes is in the East Sussex Weald – 52 miles from central London down the A22, 19 miles from Brighton, 14 miles from Eastbourne and just 62 miles from the Folkestone Eurotunnel. The South Downs National Park & the sea are close by.

Exclusivity

Pekes is a quiet self-contained rural estate, centred on its picturesque Tudor Manor house and surrounded by organically-farmed Wealden fields, which offers exclusive privacy for your Celebration. This is very much enhanced when you book all of our houses for your family and friends. Book them all for the whole weekend, and the place is all yours!

Accommodation

Pekes Manor and its 5 surrounding houses are cleaned and prepared to a high standard for your arrival, and our prices include cleaning on departure.

Facilities

Your guests can enjoy our heated indoor swimming pool (open all year), Jacuzzis & Saunas, tennis court, lawn badminton, croquet and table tennis, sit out on the lawns or wander round our large gardens and park, or walk off into the unspoilt countryside. In the evening you can enjoy the Fire Bowls and Chimineas at the houses.
Pekes prices include all guest linen, towels, etc. in the houses, power, all of our facilities and use of our gardens and park. It’s a fully-functioning facility for you to create your own unforgettable Celebration weekend (& mid-weeks are often available too).

Wedding License

Pekes does not hold a License, but we have three fairly close-by Registration offices and two nearby Churches. Among our Preferred Suppliers we also have Kate&Kate – 2 lady celebrants who can conduct a moving and appropriate additional ceremony for you at Pekes with all your family and guests present.

It’s intended that Pekes will be Licensed for Marriages in 2019.

Weddings in our local Church

Pekes is in the Parish of Chiddingly (‘United Benefice of Chiddingly with East Hoathly’); the old church is just over a mile away in our small village centre. If you wish to get married there, & have no existing connection with the Parish, the Church of England rule is quite simple: “Where a couple have no existing connection [with the Parish] they must create one – essentially by worshipping at normal services for a period of 6 months [the absolute minimum is once a month for 6 months]. This is a normal thing to do and we often have couples who do this to be married in one of our churches”. If you wish to take that up, please contact the Rector: Revd. Phil Hodgins – (01825) 840270. philhodgins@btinternet.com.

Suppliers

There are many good & reliable specialised local suppliers of everything that you would need for your Wedding Celebration to choose from. Please ask for our up-to-date Suggested Suppliers list.

Catering

Each house has a fully equipped kitchen; the largest is the one in the Manor house. The Manor house dining room can seat up to a maximum of 28 people. You will probably want a Marquee and an outside caterer of your choice, but you may possibly manage without.

Marquee

Our huge ‘Ducks Lawn’ can accommodate large Marquees, with good setting-up access. Your Marquee supplier can set up at any time from Thursday onwards. If you want to use the Ducks Lawn for other activities, you can set up your Marquee on the close-by Forestall Field.

Power

We feed power to your Marquee from several places near the lawn, and this is usually sufficient. However, if you are having Marquee-based on-site cooking facilities or other power-hungry equipment, you may need a generator. Please consult your suppliers.

WCs

There are 4 ground-floor level WCs within reach of the main lawn. However, you may feel that you might also want to hire portable toilets, which can be placed out of sight near the main lawn (see Suggested Suppliers).

Music

If you have hired the whole estate, your music won’t disturb ‘the neighbours next door’. However, we have to be aware that sound travels in the countryside, so we do request a bit of ‘volume down’ at about 10, and the Council insist that we ensure that you cease playing outside at 12 midnight; after that softer music in the houses is of course allowed. With a Silent Disco – there’s no problem at all!

Fireworks

You are very welcome to have a (safe) fireworks display, viewed from our Turtle-lawn. Sadly our Council insists that this must end by 10:30 pm.

Alcohol License

If you will be operating a paid-for bar, you may need a License. Consult your caterer or bar provider, or talk to the Wealden Council Licensing team on 01323 443555.

Deliveries

If you are organising direct deliveries to Pekes on your behalf, it’s very preferable that you will be there to receive them. If not possible, please check with us that there will be a member of the Pekes team there to receive them on the day.
Pekes official map name is ‘Pekes House’ with postcode BN27 4AD.

Your Arrival & Departure

You and your staying guests are very welcome to arrive at Pekes from 15:00 hours on your arrival afternoon. Departure is by 10:00 on the Monday morning to allow our housekeepers to get on with their job. You marquee supplier is welcome to set up on the Friday before you arrive, and take down on the Monday after your departure. If any of this won’t be convenient, please ask.

Your Guests’ Arrival on the Day

If you wish, the Pekes main Front Gates from Thundershill (the main road) will be opened on Saturday morning and stay open. Your guests will drive along the front drive across our Park, and will park their cars on the edge of the parkland below the house (sign-posted). Of course they can drive up to the house to drop off passengers, but should then return to the parking area, otherwise the house front parking will get too full. We can provide a map for you to send your guests.

The Front Gates are (just) wide enough to allow coaches or double-deckers access (below).

Disabled Access

3 of our houses are single storey – Mounts View, Tudor View and The Wing. They are all accessed by a couple of steps; we have a wheelchair ramp. Mounts View has a disabled-friendly wet room/shower. We just need to know in advance.

Children

Pekes is a safe place; there are no roads or public footpaths or machines or wells. The old pond is very shallow. There is a nice children’s Play area with swings, frames, etc. We have cots and high chairs available.

Pets

Pekes is pet-friendly (see Booking Form); we welcome well-behaved dogs and neutered cats. Mounts View, Tudor View and Gate Cottage have dog-proof gardens. Outside these, dogs must be kept on a lead.

Transport

The nearest convenient rail station is Polegate (see below), with station taxis. There are several taxi companies in nearby Hailsham and they, along with a lot of other local information, are shown on the Pekes Resouces page.

Directions to Pekes are included on our Contact page.

Gate widths

Some of our Guests wish to have larger/wider vehicles, such as coaches, delivering their guests, etc., so it may be helpful to note the following width restrictions.

Pekes gate widths are:

  • The Front gate (automatic) is 3300mm (330 centimetres) or 10 foot 10 inches.
  • The Upper Park gate is 2970mm (297 centimetres) or 9 foot 9 inches.
  • The Back Gate is 3280mm (328 centimetres) or 10 foot 9 inches.

Please always check first with your bus company.

Event Management

Building up to, and on-the-day management, of your event can be complicated and stressful; unexpected things can go wrong – wine can run out, food can get late, more power can be needed, some of many things. We strongly recommend Bower Events, who offer either a full planning service and/or on-the-day co-ordination. They have done it all before many times, they know the problems and their solutions, deal with everything in an amazingly efficient way, and they stay right to the end. Talk to Ellie at Bower Events.

Security

Pekes is a secluded and secure place. However you may feel that you would like a security presence during your celebrations, and we recommend Phase One Security; call 0800 009 6898 for a quote. A member of the Pekes team will usually be on-site during the night, who will assist with problems, but they are unable to be responsible for your security.

How to get there

Address: Nash Street, Chiddingly, Hailsham, BN27 4AD.
By road: turn off the A22 at Golden Cross onto Nash Street. Pekes is on the right in 1 mile, at the cross-roads.
By train: Polegate station on the East Coastway (Brighton to Hastings) line; trains arrive there quite frequently from Brighton, Gatwick, London Victoria and places in between. Taxis are almost always available 24/7 (Polegate Station Taxis: 01323 720 720). It’s a c. 15-minute ride to Pekes.

The Cost

You pay for staying in our houses, and that’s all. For this, please see our Multi House Booking Price List. Extras and hidden costs? None!

Booking Deposit: to confirm your Booking, we ask you for 30% of the Booking cost, and then Pekes will be yours. The Balance is payable 56 days before you arrive.

Damage Deposit: £700 payable with your Balance, returned within 5 days of departure if no problem; if there is, we discuss it with you.

Visit

You are very welcome to come and visit Pekes by appointment before and/or after you book.

Contact

To make a formal enquiry or for further information, please do not hesitate to Contact us.

Additional on-site contact details for use during your stay are given in the house Welcome Packs and on the Laundry room door.

If you got this far, then please visit our Weddings Website for more information!